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Born: Apr 18, 1919

Date of Passing: Feb 16, 2018

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GERALDINE LILLIAN BROWN (nee GRIERSON) April 18, 1919 - February 16, 2018 Geraldine (Gerry) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 98 years. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Gerry departed to BC in her twenties to be a teacher of home economics. While in BC she met and married Gilbert Gordon (Gib) Brown, himself originally from Gilbert Plains, MB. In 1967, Gib and Gerry moved to Quebec where they remained until Gib's retirement, at which time they returned to Winnipeg. Gib passed away in 2014 at the age of 92. Gerry was also predeceased by her two siblings, Roy Grierson and Isobel Grierson. A strong advocate for social issues, Gerry served as a national vice-president for the Consumers Association of Canada in both BC and Quebec, and supported the international Ban the Bomb Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1960s. After retirement, she and Gib were volunteer mainstays of the Winnipeg branch of both Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova's USC for overseas relief and the United Nations Association for many years. Gerry is survived by her two sons, Edward Joseph (Ted) and Phillip Gilbert (Phil), her daughter-in-law Leslie, her grandchildren, Ian, Derek and Kelsey and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom surprised herself by living to the age of 98. She was not at all sure that she approved of having reached such a great age, but her family is grateful that she did, and to have had her presence for so long. According to Mom's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private family burial will occur at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 24, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We would like to convey our condolences to the family and our sincere gratitude for Mrs. Brown long and dedicated service to USC Canada. Many staff here at 56 Sparks Street have fond memories of their visit to Winnipeg on behalf of the organization and Gerry and Gib's visits to Ottawa for Board Meetings or friendly chats. Their friendship, their generosity and their solidarity continue to inspire us to change the world one seed at a time. Best regards. - Posted by: Jane Rabinowicz and Martin Settle (Executive Directors USC Canada) on: Aug 17, 2018

  • My sincere condolences to Gerry's family and friends for your loss. I knew Gerry during my time working with USC Canada. She was a great lady, a dedicated volunteer, and a big fan of Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. Back in 2012, we collaborated on an article that Gerry wrote. Since then, I have started a blog about Dr. Lotta, and to honour Gerry's memory, I have included her original article here: - Posted by: David Rain (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2018

  • I remember Gerry (and Gib) fondly from childhood when our families would visit frequently in Victoria and go for picnics at Mount Douglas Park. My parents, Dave and Faith Reimer, had a great friendship with the Browns as well as being colleagues in teaching. I know Gerry’s wonderful sense of humour was always enjoyed. My sincere condolences. I know Gerry will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Christine Reimer (Family friend) on: Feb 28, 2018

  • It's more than 50 years since Gerry and Gib left Victoria but they are still fondly remembered by the Reimer family (as well as by many others, I'm sure). - Derek Reimer - Posted by: Derek Reimer (Godson/family friend) on: Feb 28, 2018

  • Dear Phil, Leslie & Family, My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother/mother-in-law/grandmother. May your memories be a bridge to comfort and connect you forever. Sincerely Heather Schaub - Posted by: Heather Schaub () on: Feb 27, 2018

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